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Oh my chickies,

How I love thee,

Clucky, screechy, cooey,

A delightful sight to see.


Your eggs are marvelous,

A surprise every day,

Which one of you

Will now start to lay?


 Our mystery egg layers,

Brown, brown, brown, blue!

Brown and white speckled-

Was it you?


Oh how your yolks

Are such a deep yellow,

No doubt about it,

You’re sure to spoil a fellow.


Oh my chickies,

How I love thee,

Fluffy, feathery, funny,

The best pet in history!


Eggs were being broken and in the bowl by the time I managed to drag myself out of bed this morning. I was going to wait until we had a full dozen before getting a picture, but apparently eating the eggs was more important to the people I live with.  😆

By the end of yesterday, we had 9 eggs.  We know for sure Cocoa is laying; we think our green egg layer is Chocolate Chip.  Yesterday, someone laid a brown and white speckled egg (beautiful!!).  Process of elimination tells us it has to be one of these girls: BRs Rocky, or Pepper, PR Roxy, or BOs Butternut, Sunny or Daisy. 

While the eggs are a little smaller at this point (they will get bigger as they get used to making and laying), the egg yolks were the same size as store-bought eggs.  The color difference, though- WOW.  Store bought chicken eggs look anemic compared to the rich orangey/golden yellowy color of home “grown” eggs.  And there is no comparison in taste, if you have ever had them.

This picture (obviously) is not mine, but is a good demonstration of the difference between eggs.  It comes courtesy of Jackie Clay’s blog, which is linked on my side bar. This picture comes from a blog post in 2009.  If I grow up, I’d want to live like Jackie and her husband Will……..

Mother Earth News has a good article on the differences in nutritional content between store-bought and home pastured eggs. The article shares the results of studies done in conjunction with USDA comparing commercial eggs to those from hens that have regular or daily access to the outdoors.

What’s the difference?

• 1/3 less cholesterol
• 1/4 less saturated fat
• 2/3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene

Many people try to be conscious of the food they consume, and will pay extra $$$ for food that is labeled “organic.”  When you are dealing with eggs, you may find labels like “free range” or “organic” or “certified humane.”

This is where your critical thinking skills are important.  Those terms sound good, but what do they actually mean?

Certified Organic: The birds are uncaged inside barns or warehouses, and are required to have outdoor access, but the amount, duration, and quality of outdoor access is undefined. They are fed an organic, all-vegetarian diet free of antibiotics and pesticides, as required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program. Beak cutting and forced molting through starvation are permitted. Compliance is verified through third-party auditing.” (my emphasis on this last part)

Free range? No standards.  Don’t believe me?  Go to Egg Carton Labels and read for yourself. For us, this was a no-brainer. Chickens are pretty easy. We planned for, but haven’t lost any yet (except for rehoming Jasmine) and the pure enjoyment factor was completely unexpected. 

Because our chickens have been socialized, they are very friendly. If you try to eat outside, it is guaranteed you will have chickens surrounding you on your lap and chair and trying to eat off your plate. The last time I was outside eating popcorn and had to resort to keeping the bowl on my head, I knew it was probably time to take my eating back indoors. Yesterday, I was in the run and ended up with a chicken (Cocoa) on my shoulder, riding around, being gleeful to be higher up than any of others. 😆

I have to say (and you already knew this :lol:) but I’ll never go back to not having chickens. Entertainment value alone, I’d have them, even if they didn’t lay eggs. And they are inspiring! They made me want to write really bad poetry!

Pets with benefits- YAY!  Now if only we could get the dogs to give us edible eggs…… 😆

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